Lloyd L. Boehnen


January 29, 1924 - April 16, 2013


Lloyd L. Boehnen passed on April 16, 2013, peacefully, in hospice care and in the loving company of his wife, Doris, and daughter, Vikki, in Boca Raton, Florida.  The cause of death is described as typical complications associated with old age.  Lloyd was 89 years old and had experienced an increasing number of medical setbacks during the past few years.

Lloyd was born in Mitchell, S.D., on January 29, 1924, and lived in Mitchell until the 1970’s.  After graduating from Notre Dame High School, where he was a captain of the school’s first undefeated football team, he attended Creighton University, but soon left college to join the Marines during World War II, where he served in the South Pacific.  Upon being discharged after the war, he married Mary Elizabeth (“Betty”) Buche and returned to Mitchell to start a family, ultimately including three children, David, Vikki and Daniel.  In Mitchell, Lloyd took over the Boehnen Oil Company business started by his father and mother, Leo and Elsie (Oberembt) Boehnen, and successfully grew the business until, by the early 1960s, it was the largest independent wholesale oil jobber operation in the State of South Dakota, and Lloyd was elected President of the South Dakota Independent Oil Jobber’s Association. 

In 1983, during Mitchell’s Centennial Celebration, Lloyd Boehnen donated money to create the original museum structure at the Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village Site, which today remains an important Mitchell tourist attraction supported by his family.  Also, in 1990, Lloyd endowed a permanent scholarship fund at his beloved University of Notre Dame.  Lloyd never attended the school, but was a devoted subway alum and, in 1966, took the entire undefeated Notre Dame High School football team on a trip to see the undefeated University of Notre Dame football team defeat Navy in South Bend.  All of the Notre Dame scholarships endowed by Lloyd are designated for the benefit of students from the Mitchell area or, alternatively, South Dakota generally.  To date, more than 35 students from Mitchell and South Dakota have been able to attend the University of Notre Dame as a result of Lloyd’s charity.  He has also donated money to the Mitchell Development Corp, the Community Foundation, The Abbott House and the Mitchell Foundation for Catholic Education. 

In 1991, Lloyd married Doris M. Boehnen, and the couple has been living in Boca Raton, Florida.  He is survived by his wife, Doris, and his three children, as well as numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

 In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Lloyd’s name either to the Mitchell Foundation for Catholic Education or to the Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village.  


Friday, April 19, 2013
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
Prayer Service ~ 7:30 PM
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Saturday, April 20, 2013
1:00 PM
Holy Family Catholic Church
321 East 3rd Avenue
Mitchell, South Dakota


Military Graveside Service
Calvary Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Sharon Unzicker Graber on May 13, 2013
David, Vicky and Dan, I just read about your Father and I am so very
sorry to hear about your Father. While he lived in the Minneapolis area and was studying to be a stockbroker at the firm where I worked we got reacquainted. He was a good man. My sympathy.
Posted by Wayne & Carmen Allen on April 23, 2013
Dan: Our sympathies to you and your family with the loss of your Dad. You are in our prayers.
Posted by Jackie Streetman Austin on April 19, 2013
To Dave , Vicki, Dan and families,
I read of your dad's passing in the Argus Leader today. I didn't really know your dad, but you are in my thoughts. Blessed be the memory of your father.
Posted by Lee Feinstein on April 19, 2013
My father, Norlie Feinstein, and myself had dinner with Lloyd in Minneapolis a few times over the years. He was a great storyteller and great conversationist. I know Lloyd and my father, spent good times together in Mitchell in the 1950's and 1960's. My best to his family.
Lee Feinstein
Posted by Sister Michelle Meyers on April 19, 2013
You will all be remembered in our prayers here in Le Sueur, MN.
God be with all of you and bless you. I have lost David's address, but did try to leave a message on the phone.
Peace, Sister Michelle
Posted by Rick Agnitsch on April 18, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Boehnen family at the loss of your beloved father.

I'll never forget the time Lloyd took the Notre Dame High School football team to see Notre Dame play. He was always very pleasant to talk to, and had a lot of class.
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